Characteristics of genetic markers: Amenability to automation

Currently, if adequate equipment and resources are available, techniques that can be automated are highly preferred because of the potential for high sample throughput. Although considerable financial investment is still required, automation may be cost-effective when techniques are applied on a routine basis. As pointed out above, outsourcing of data generation may also be an alternative strategy. Nearly all techniques that are based on the PCR are amenable to a certain degree of automation.